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Tamiya 1/35 Tiger II Pre-Production Turret

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  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Tamiya 1/35 Tiger II Pre-Production Turret
Posted by GreySnake on Thursday, January 7, 2021 5:58 PM
This Tamiya kit has been in progress since early last year.  I’ve never been confident in my zimmerit skills and an old set of Cavalier zimmerit was used. The Cavalier set had some problems the upside being I finally got passable at doing my own zimmerit with epoxy putty to fix the fit problems. Apart from the zimmerit the only other AM is PE for the engine deck screens. Finally decided it was time to get this model off the shelf last month and finish it. Here is where I’m at right now.

The kit was painted with Tamiya XF-88, XF-89 and XF-90 over a black shadow coat. This tank doesn’t belong to any unit that I know of and made up the camouflage scheme.  The weathering has mainly been focused on the lower hull for right now. I used mainly Ammo products to dirty the lower hull and tracks. I wanted to go for a dried mud look and not overdo the mud. A graphite pencil was used to make polished metal where the road wheels would contact with the tracks.
Edit: I forgot to state the model is far from finished. There’s still a lot of weathering to do on the upper hull chipping, streaking, fuel stains, jack needs mounted, cleaning rods need some work etc. 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, January 7, 2021 10:33 PM

It may have taken you awhile to finish that cat, but the results look great. Authentic camo or not, I like it a lot.

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Friday, January 8, 2021 6:33 AM
Thank you! The Tiger isn’t finished yet forgot to state that on the post my mistake. Still have a lot to do on it.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 8, 2021 8:32 AM

The camo looks good and I like the chipping of the zimmerit. Looking forward to seeing how she turns out. Yes

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  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:24 AM

It's a great looking model so far! I love this tank and will be following along.


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    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Saturday, January 9, 2021 5:10 PM

Nice job on he zimmerit! I am also really diggin that camo scheme.

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  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:27 PM
Thanks Gamera! Funny enough the chipping on the zimmerit is the main reason I didn’t like the Cavalier set. It was molded chipped already and would have preferred to pick out the sections to chip.
Thanks Bill and John.
It’s going to be a few days before the next update. The weather is really nice right now so I’ve been hiking in the bush and that’s taking up my bench time.  


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